Pharmacy’s shining lights

L-R: Brett Barons (Symbion), John Jackson, Ross Brown, Jacinta Johnson, Shane Jackson

Inspirational leaders of the profession honoured at PSA Excellence Awards

Three leading pharmacists have been given the profession’s highest individual honours at PSA18 in Sydney today.

John Jackson was chosen as the 2018 Pharmacist of the Year in recognition of his years of inspirational, cutting-edge service to the profession.

In its release, PSA said Mr Jackson “is passionate about quality use of medicines and has contributed to this throughout his extensive career in a variety of pharmacy settings. His work has shaped the way pharmacists practise through new practice development, alternative funding models and his influence in health policy and pharmacy education”.

A board member of the Australian Pharmacy Council, and Director of Project Pharmacist at Monash University, Mr Jackson has also held significant roles through the Advisory Committee on Medicines Scheduling (ACMS) and Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (ACSQHC).

Mr Jackson established and operated John Jackson Pharmacy (1985 – 2007), a PBS-based hospital pharmacy practice based in Windsor, Victoria providing dispensing, clinical and administrative pharmacist services to private and public hospitals.

More recently, he has operate a not-for-profit pharmacy within Collingwood Community Health (CoHealth), providing invaluable support to refugees and other disadvantaged groups.

“It’s such a great honour to be recognised in this way,” Mr Jackson told PSA18 delegates. “I’ve been blessed to have had a diverse and satisfying career.”

He also called for pharmacy groups to work together to develop a single policy statement to drive strategy for the profession.

Dr Jacinta Johnson was awarded the 2018 Early Career Pharmacist of the Year, for her “influence across all scopes of practice”.

She has been heavily involved in early career pharmacists, chair both the SA/NT PSA Early Career Pharmacist Working Group. She also currently serves on the South Australian PSA branch committee, as well as the PSA Practice Support & Education Committee and Clinical Educator and Residency Program Coordinator for SA Pharmacy.

Dr Johnson gained international attention when awarded the Most Outstanding Poster Award at the FIP17 Conference for research related to codeine rescheduling. Her involvement was the first Australian study to look at the economic costs of codeine abuse as well as the clinical impact.

“I’m extremely glad i’ve chosen a pharmacy career. It’s provided  me with a range of new challenges and opportunities,” she said.

Dr Johnson advised younger pharmacists to have a voice, “turn up, get involved, give yourself a voice in your future.”   

Ross Brown AM, a legend of pharmacy, and a driving force behind the development of the national PSA body, was given a PSA Lifetime Achievement Award.

Referred to in the award presentation as the “architect” and “driving force behind the establishment” of PSA, Mr Brown served as President of the Pharmaceutical Society of NSW from 1970-72. 

In this role, he saw the urgent need for an Australian national pharmacy professional organisation to advocate the professional role of the pharmacist, particularly among Commonwealth officers and
parliamentarians, and in 1977, the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia was established, by federation of the autonomous state professional pharmaceutical societies.

Mr Brown was one of the new PSA’s earliest presidents, serving from 1979-1980.

He has also given over 40 years of eminent service and extraordinary support to the University of
Sydney and the Faculty of Pharmacy, as well as playing an influential role as a military pharmacist with the Royal Australian Army Medical Corps.

During his speech, Mr Brown explained how he, following a lengthy period of advocacy, was a prime mover in redesigning the medical equipment of the army’s Field Ambulance units, the forward filed medical units of the army.

“The success of our profession is largely involved with the PSA as a professional body responsible for maintaining its ethics and standing,” Mr Brown said, “i’m extremely grateful and thrilled to be given this peak award.”


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  1. Nicholas Logan

    Fantastic choices for these awards. Congratulations to all.

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